Buckle up, United Airlines, because you’re about to hit stormy skies.
The airline has enraged the public this week for violently yanking an uncooperative passenger off an overbooked flight.
Now, the company is gearing up for a legal battle that can’t be fixed with a half-assed apology tweet.
While United was playing the aviation blame game, the victim of Sunday’s incident, Dr. David Dao, enlisted the aid of two prominent Chicago attorneys, hinting that he plans on giving the airline quite the ass kicking in court.
The 69-year-old medical professional has hired corporate law specialist Stephen Golan and personal injury specialist Thomas Demetrio. This suggests Dao will not only sue for United’s mistreatment of him, but for their procedures which allowed them to kick him off to make room for their own crew.
“The family of Dr. Dao wants the world to know that they are very appreciative of the outpouring of prayers, concern and support they have received. Currently, they are focused only on Dr. Dao’s medical care and treatment.”
Sounds like a bulletproof case, except Dao has encountered some legal trouble of his own in the past — including getting his medical license suspended and a felony conviction from eliciting gay sex with a patient in return for drug prescriptions.
These sexual encounters allegedly happened in motel rooms, where Dao paid then-26-year-old patient Brian Case $200 for sexual favors. Even when he was caught with his pants down by undercover agents in 2003, Dao reportedly denied he was there for sex.
In addition to that scandal, a psychiatric report of the father of five revealed some other behavioral issues, saying he needed “anger management,” that he “is generally not forthright,” and “tends to have poor decision-making.”
Those skeletons might just be enough to even the legal playing field for United. Still, we have a feeling the company will want to settle this outside of court.
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